The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton out for the final exhibition, which wasn't what they wanted to do but what they had to do. Coach Ron Rivera was upset with the offense's inconsistency Friday, and he planned to play all of the starters at least for a while Thursday night at Pittsburgh.
That plan went out the window when Newton came into the Panthers' facility Sunday hunched over like Quasimodo. He was hurriedly sent for the X-rays that showed the fractured rib. Now Newton has just less than two weeks to rest and rehab before the Tampa Bay game.
Beat writer Scott Fowler thinks Newton will play to open the season because he's a pretty tough guy. But, he's concerned about his effectiveness because Newton already isn't running due to his ankle. He's considered week-to-week, but also has a lot working against him putting up strong fantasy numbers in Week 1. So if you're an owner, keep up-to-date on his progress over the next few weeks.